SoCalGas and Sempra Energy Foundation Pledge as Much as $350,000 to California Wildfire Victims
Nov 19, 2018
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and the Sempra Energy Foundation today announced as much as $350,000 in combined donations to support relief efforts for victims and evacuees impacted by the major wildfires that continue to burn throughout California. The contributions include:
In addition, the Sempra Energy Foundation has agreed to match Sempra Energy employee donations up to $50,000 to the American Red Cross and United Way of Ventura County, adding potentially $100,000 to the total contribution for relief efforts.
"SoCalGas crews have been working with first responders around the clock to keep communities safe and to restore natural gas service to impacted customers because we know that being without natural gas service may be difficult, especially when temperatures are low," said Trisha Muse, director of community relations at SoCalGas. "It is our hope that these donations provide some relief and support to the thousands of families impacted by these devastating fires."
"Residents have faced so much devastation and confusion throughout these terrible wildfires," said Eric Harrison, president and CEO of United Way of Ventura County. "The continued support from the Sempra Energy Foundation, SoCalGas, and Sempra Energy employees will go a long way to provide immediate assistance to impacted households in Ventura County. We're so thankful for their ongoing generosity."
Through its strong network of volunteers, donors, and partners, the American Red Cross works to provide care, shelter, and hope for all people across the country and around the world affected by disaster.
In times of emergency, the United Way of Ventura County works to improve people's lives by mobilizing a wide range of partners to provide the necessary resources to those who need it most.
In addition to the American Red Cross and the United Way of Ventura County, the SoCalGas donations will support the following relief funds and organizations:
SoCalGas has more than 100 field representatives working alongside fire fighters in support of public safety and first responders. In areas where evacuation orders have been lifted, SoCalGas crews are working diligently to restore natural gas service to customers impacted by the fire.
SoCalGas is committed to investing in its natural gas system infrastructure, while keeping bills affordable for our customers. From 2013 through 2017, the company spent nearly $6 billion to upgrade and modernize its natural gas system to enhance safety and reliability. The company is also committed to being a leader in the region's clean energy future, and is working to accelerate the use of renewable natural gas from dairy farms, landfills and wastewater treatment plants and the development of renewable energy storage technologies. SoCalGas is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), an energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit socalgas.com/newsroom or connect with SoCalGas on Twitter (@SoCalGas), Instagram (@SoCalGas) and Facebook.
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